St John’s and St Michael’s Churches Notices for Sunday 15th August

St Michael’s Morning Worship @ 9.30am: A warm welcome to our service today led by Vikki. Today Vikki will be preaching.

St John’s Holy Communion Service in Church & on Zoom @ 11am: Welcome to our service this morning led by Jane. Robyn continues our sermon series ‘A New Way of Living’, today looking at ‘Promises’ Matthew 26:62-64 and Matthew 5:33-37.

St John’s Please note: After our recent review we have now increased our capacity within St John’s to 45 (can vary slightly depending on bubbles, couples and family units). We have slightly reduced the distance between chairs and continue operating a one way system with hand sanitising on entry. We would still like you to wear face masks, especially when moving around the building and singing. Socialising should continue to take place outside of church. We will continue to monitor the situation and our next review is planned for the end of August.

During August it would still be helpful to continue to book St John’s enabling Lesley to set up the appropriate number of chairs.

LIVESTREAMING SERVICES: Hopefully you should be aware that we Livestreamed last Sunday’s service, if you haven’t had chance to see it then it will remain available on the church’s YouTube channel, St John’s Muxton. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB6N81vubkdzSYD7rCPFw5Q

Our aim is to Livestream all our services (rather than Zoom) once restrictions allow more of us to be back in the church building. Weather (and AV team availability) permitting, we also hope to have another outdoor service in the next few weeks. Thank you to all who have provided feedback, it is most welcome. We were battling with the elements and new technology on the day so some of the ‘issues’ were beyond our control as was the camera position. The AV has been such an important part of our worship over the last 18 months and it would be nice to bring some new people on board. If you feel you could assist or want to be part of the AV team then please get in touch with one of us. In the meantime, we are doing our best to make ‘church’ as normal as possible, so please bear with us………..the AV team.

CAP: Befrienders needed – the cap debt centre is in need of more befrienders to help Jane and Marcelle. If you think you could help please contact Jane Preston 07932189493 janepreston@capuk.org asap.

COMMUNITY EVENT: It’s been a long time since we were able to have big events, and we wanted to do something to bring the community together. One thing we have all missed over lockdown has been the opportunity to enjoy live music. Therefore, as part of this community picnic on Saturday 4th September 11.30am-3pm we are holding an ‘open mic’. This is a chance for local musicians to come and perform and for the rest of us to enjoy their music. (See poster below for more information). Please share with your friends and family. You can pick up a leaflet (or two) from St John’s church and post through your neighbours/friends door…or you could even put up a poster in your window, also available from church.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: Ride & Stride Saturday 11th September Go to www.shropshirehct.org for more information on your local cycle ride contact 402321 or 07485 099393 and Lilleshall Scarecrow Festival Saturday 18th September (See poster at the end of these notices).

ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT YOUR VOCATION? whether that be ordination, reader training, community or church based, or ‘secular’ work focused Pathways is a great course for encouraging and empowering lay ministry. To find out more please follow this link https://www.lichfield.anglican.org/vocations-and-training/exploring-vocation/pathways_to_ministry/pathways_to_ministry.php or contact Helen Scheven, Lichfield Diocese Training co-ordinator at Helen.Scheven@lichfield.anglican.org

POST OFFICE RE-OPENING: The post office at the Lilleshall Memorial Hall is re-opening its doors. It will be open during the following times…. Tuesday 10am -12pm and Wednesday 10am – 12pm. Please try to support it.

REGULAR GROUPS/MEETINGS/RESOURCES/INFORMATION

Calling all walkers! We meet on a Wednesday 10am at St John’s for a gentle, local walk of around an hour. All are welcome. Please contact Jo Lefroy for any further information on 01952 604281.

A PLACE FOR CONTEMPLATION AND QUIET PRAYER: Please visit St John’s prayer garden, another bench has been added. The garden is situated behind the beautiful Oak tree in our front garden to the right as you face St John’s front door.

EARLY MORNING PRAYERS: Are you an early bird? A group of us pray for the work of the church at 7.30am every Thursday morning. Join us for half an hour or part of the time on Zoom. Contact Matthew for the link.

Please join us for Bible Reading/Discussion/Prayer via Zoom, weekdays at 9am. The best way to access these is through the “Daily Prayer” app. available from The Church of England but if you want to follow from your Bible this is ok. Please contact Matthew who will give you the details to login.

PRAYER GROUP continues to meet, praying into our concerns and worries and listening to what God might be saying to us on zoom, 7pm on the second Sunday of each month. If anyone would like to join us please contact: Shirley, Vicky or Pam. (Members of St John’s) or Lesley (670033) can pass on your details.

PRAYER CHAINs: If you have any prayer requests please either text (preferable) Lisa 07739 522280 or Email: west.familywest@btinternet.com or St Michael’s prayer chain coordinator Chris R 07834162343 or 01952 604330 or Email: scip@blueyonder.co.uk

Energize website is providing materials each week to be downloaded by families. https://www.energize.uk.net/pages/kids_club_by_post.

A Monthly Youth Service called Conn3ct takes place on the last Sunday of each month. Search on Youtube ‘Conn3ct’. Please follow https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCSxLC1ssTnZr6h1l6f83ghQ

FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/stjohnsmuxton – please like our page and share our news stories with your friends.

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

OFFICE HOURS: Monday 9-12noon, Tuesday 9-12noon and Friday 9-4pm 01952 670033

Email: admin@stjohnsmuxton.org.uk or admin@stmichaelslilleshall.org.uk

Website: www.stjohnsmuxton.org.uk or www.stmichaelslilleshall.org.uk

Matthew’s Email: matthew.lefroy@tiscali.co.uk (Usual day off Friday) Holiday until 28th August

Vikki’s Email: revdayvik@gmail.com (Normal day off Friday) Holiday until 21st August

Zoom service – First Reading is from Matthew 26:62-64

62 Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, ‘Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?’ 63 But Jesus remained silent.

The high priest said to him, ‘I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.’

64 ‘You have said so,’ Jesus replied. ‘But I say to all of you: from now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.’

Our second Reading is taken from Matthew 5:33-37

33 ‘Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, “Do not break your oath, but fulfil to the Lord the oaths you have made.” 34 But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37 All you need to say is simply “Yes,” or “No”; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.